LIGHT YOUR HOME WISELY

LIGHTING ACCOUNTS FOR 20% OF THE AVERAGE HOME’S ELECTRIC BILLS

LIGHTING INCENTIVE

Get money back for updating to CFL, LED or other energy efficient lighting

1.

Purchase CFL, LED, or other energy efficient lighting according to the incentive qualifications.

2.

Submit an incentive application and documentation according to instructions on application.

3.

If incentive is under $25, you will receive a credit on your next ECEC monthly billing statement. If over $25, you’ll receive a check in the mail.

4.

Please don't throw CFL bulbs away. Recycle them! You can also drop them off at our office.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU SAVE?
Compare the costs of a LED, compact fluorescent bulb and incandescent bulbs.

INCANDESCENT BULB AVG. LIFETIME OPERATING COST COMPACT FLUORESCENT (CFL) AVG. LIFETIME OPERATING COST LIGHT EMITTING DIODE (LED) AVG. LIFETIME OPERATING COST
40 watt $90.96 9 watt $25.01 6 watt $13.64
60 watt $136.44 13 watt $29.56 9 watt $20.47
75 watt $170.55 20 watt $45.48 13 watt $29.56
100 watt $227.40 26 watt $59.12 20 watt $45.48
150 watt $341.10 42 watt $395.51 28 watt $63.67
*AVERAGE LIFETIME COSTS are based on 20,000 hours at 11.37 cents/kWh. Average lifetime operating cost is kWh cost only, cost of bulb is not included. In general, 20,000 hours equals 1 LED, 2-3 CFL, or 20-26 Incandescent bulbs.

CORRECTLY DISPOSE OF CFL BULBS

CFL bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, so it’s important to dispose of them properly

BROKEN BULB

  • Do not vacuum the broken bulb!
  • Have people and pets leave the room and air it out for 5-10 minutes
  • Shut off central air/air-conditioning
  • Gather materials to clean up: cardboard/stiff paper, sticky tape, damp paper towel, glass jar with lid or sealable plastic bag

Scoop up large fragments with stiff paper and small pieces with tape. Place remnants in glass jar or bag. Dispose of in your household trash or local recycling center.

BURNT OUT BULB

The best way to dispose of used CFL bulbs is to recycle them. Avoid throwing the bulbs in the trash. Eau Claire County does not recycle CFL bulbs, but Eau Claire Energy Cooperative will gladly recycle them for you! Put the light bulb in a sealed bag and drop it off in our office. We’ll take care of the rest.

What are the best lights to use?

Use ENERGY STAR’s interactive guide to choosing the best lights to use in your home.

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